Family & Community Specialist
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Eau Claire, WI 
Posted 24 days ago
Job Description
Lutheran Social Services (LSS) is a private, non-profit, human service agency providing a variety of services throughout Wisconsin and Upper Michigan. Over the years, LSS has grown to become one of the largest human service agencies in the two state area serving more than 125,000 clients annually. We are looking for passionate, mission-driven individuals like you to help provide services including outpatient behavioral health management, international, domestic and special needs adoptions, older adult services, support services for children, youth and families, community corrections programs and support services for adults with disabilities and/or mental health concerns.

Motivated by the compassion of Christ, we help people improve the quality of their lives. Does this describe your personal mission statement? Are you motivated to serve by sharing your talents? If you would like to help us achieve our mission, please apply for the following opportunity.


Positive Avenues is a Resource & Recovery center offering a safe place for adults experiencing mental health concerns or homelessness. Our mission is to provide trauma -informed recovery-oriented services that assist individuals in gaining stability and becoming more active community members. We provide crisis stabilization services to the clients we serve.

Part time - Temporary position from November - April- The position requires weekends and some holidays

Under supervision, provides para-professional counseling or social services to children, adolescents, and adults; and performs other duties as required.

Part time - Temporary position from November - April - The position requires weekends and some holidays

This list of duties and responsibilities is not all-inclusive and may be expanded to include other duties and responsibilities, as management may deem necessary from time to time.
* Gathers information and assists in assessing problems and needs of family members.
* Provides direction and role-modeling of parenting skills, child management, home and budget management, and stress and anger management on an intensive in-home basis.
* Establishes and maintains effective public and working relationships.
* Establishes and maintains files and records of progress notes, correspondence, and case histories.
* May provide transportation for customers to appointments or activities.
* Attends and participates in staff development programs.
* Observes and records customers' behavior and offers input concerning the development and follow through of treatment plans.
* Participates as a member of a quality team and interacts with primary, external, and internal customers of the agency in such a way that the customers experiences increasing quality.
* Performs other duties as required.

  • Provide crisis assessment and stabilization services per contract with Eau Claire County as defined by Administrative Code DHS 34.
  • Complete all required documentation per LSS and county guidelines.
  • Work with program clients to:
  1. Reduce or eliminate an individual's symptoms of mental illness so that the person does not need inpatient hospitalization.
  2. Assist in the transition to a less restrictive placement or living arrangement when the crisis has passed.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Upon offer, candidates must successfully complete the necessary background, caregiver, medical and any other checks required, according to program requirements. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

* Graduation from high school or GED equivalency is required.
* One (1) year of responsible work experience or one (1) year of accredited training.
* Working knowledge of family dynamics, family systems, child management, and parenting techniques.
* Working knowledge of welfare, health, mental health, and community resources.
* Working knowledge of the federal, state, and local rules and regulations governing the delivery of social services.
* Working knowledge of social problems and their effects on individuals and families.
* Ability to interpret service programs to customers, families, and others.
* Ability to organize and plan work effectively.
* Ability to establish and maintain effective public and working relationships.
* Ability to accurately gather and record detailed information and facts.

  • Complete orientation and ongoing training per DHS 34 requirements.
  • Attend required weekly clinical supervision meetings for crisis stabilization to be in compliance with DHS 34 requirements (if providing crisis stabilization services)


  • Mileage reimbursement
  • Ability to Contribute to 403B
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Service Awards and Recognition

Must have a valid driver's license and have reliable transportation to perform the essential duties of the role; a motor vehicle check (MVR) with a satisfactory driving record per the LSS Driver Safety Procedure is required, and ability to meet LSS auto insurance requirements.

TRAVEL: Ability to travel on day trips as required up to 80%. Some overnight travel may be required.

LSS is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran, disability status or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.



High School Diploma/ GED or better.

Licenses & Certifications


Driver's License

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor's legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Part Time
Required Education
High School or Equivalent
Required Experience
1 year
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